24 April 2018

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:10

Armed Militants Killed, Blast Prevented

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Mehtarlam (BNA) Six armed militants were killed in conflicts of security forces in Laghman province yesterday.
The militants were targeted in Alinegar District by Afghan security raids.
Police commander of Laghman told BNA, six armed Taliban rebels were killed while terrorist activities.
Another report says that a series of blasts were prevented in Laghman province.
Security officials discovered and defused six mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from deadly incident.
With planting of the mines, Taliban wanted to organize a series of blasts, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Herat (BNA) 14 Taliban insurgents were killed in recent strikes of Afghan Security Forces in Farah province last night.
The insurgents were suppressed in parts of Balabalok District and suburb of Farah city.
ANA commander in the west of the country told BNA, in the raids, 14 Taliban insurgents were killed.
He added, the rebels were targeted while organizing terrorist activities in their strongholds.
Reports says, several hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished.
During the recent three days, it is the 6 raids of Afghan security forces on Taliban strongholds in Farah province where a large number of internal and foreign insurgents were killed.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Terrorist attack on voter registration center has been strongly and widely condemned inside and outside of the country. Terrorists have once again targeted innocent Afghan civilians in Kabul city as all terrorist groups want to prevent the people from participation in voter registration process, but they won’t reach their goal.
The attack on Sunday morning in Dashte Barchi, in western Kabul, killed at least 57 people and wounded 119 others including women and children, although officials said the death toll could rise.
The terrorist attack on voter registration center in Kabul was strongly condemned by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and other government officials.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message said a deadly suicide bombing outside a voter registration center in the capital, Kabul, would not ‘weaken’ the country’s democratic process.
NATO General Secretary Jen Stoltenberg has also denounced the terrorist attack on a voter registration center in Kabul and said NATO would stand beside the people of Afghanistan in counter terrorism and fully support democratic processes in the country.
Meanwhile, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has also denounced the attack in Kabul.
“The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks that appear to deliberately target election-related facilities which have taken place since last week’s commencement of the voter registration process for the parliamentary and district elections scheduled for 20 October 2018,” said a statement released by UNAMA in Kabul.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a statement condemned the attack on Afghan innocent civilians in a voter registration center in Kabul and called it as inhuman and heinous, adding that attacks on public locations are clear violation from the international humanitarian laws.
“AIHRC is seriously asking armed opponents of Afghanistan government to abide by international laws and avoid targeting innocent civilians and public places,” said Belal Sediqi, a spokesperson to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
The commission has also asked the government to further make effort towards safety of civilians and protection of public places as well as identify perpetrators of such attacks and submit them to justice.
Election officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern as the Taliban and other militant groups control large swaths of the country, and some officials have speculated that elections could be delayed if there are major disruptions to the registration process.
Several attacks on registration centers have already been reported since the process began on April 14 ahead of long-delayed parliamentary elections scheduled for October.
Lailuma-Noori
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The women and children harassment prevention law is enforced at a time that women harassment in Afghanistan particularly on main roads and social media has sparked complain of most women.
Addressing a conference held on introducing of this law to relative ministries in Kabul MoWA deputy of Policy Spogmai Wardak said. “The concerned departments should take practical steps for its implementation. Because this law has been initialed by president and its implementation has started. We want to make a friendly environment.
This law has been codified in three chapters and 29 articles in which certain cases including public awareness measures, educational, penalty and other instruction have been inserted, she added.
Head of Penalty Laws Department, MoJ Farid Ahmad Fakhr said, “The one who commits harassment of women, will be funded Afs 2000 in cash and sentenced to three months prison.
Regular reports have been publishing on women and children harassment and in opinion of women right activists, the main reason behind increase of harassment is no punishment of perpetrators. But the Afghan government authorities have time and again said that women and children harassment is not tolerable to them and they are committed to its prohibition.
Women welcome its enforcement and emphasized on its implementation. Prior to this the law makers had also emphasized on implementation of this law. But the MoLSA who is one of the exercisers of this law said that a committee will be set up soon to pave the way for its better exercise.
Being fed up with harassment of women and children the Kabul people said that such laws cannot prevent harassment of women and children because those who harass, escape quickly and cannot be arrested or prosecuted.
Talking to The Kabul Times reporter, Halima employee of a government department said, prior to welcome this law, we have a holy book, Quran in which all women’s rights and obligations have been frankly explained. If there is no changes in public awareness these laws would fail and violence against women and children doesn’t decrease but increases.
Another number of women believe that the government should prevent violence against women and children, arrest and prosecute its perpetrators and punish them.
According to these women today these crimes have increased due to freedom of criminals. Increasing heedlessness of the government against violence promotes level of such crimes.
Shukria-Kohistani
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of political affairs and acting minister of foreign affairs Hikmat Khalil Karzai met newly appointed director of UN Women for Afghanistan here yesterday, the MoFA said in statement.
Congratulating appointment of the new UN women director for Afghanistan, Karzai praised the agency’s technical cooperation in empowerment of women in the country.
Informing the deputy minister on her programs in UN Women of Afghanistan, the director assured her agency’s continued cooperation for empowerment of women in the country.
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the leading body of Islamic Movement Party (Hezbi Harakat-e-Islami), during which both sides exchanged view on the country’s ongoing situation and security-political changes, CE office said in a statement the other day.
During the meeting, CE Abdullah said political parties, particularly Islamic Movement Party have played constructive role in strengthening democracy and effective state-building, the statement further said.
Besides, head of the party, Abdul Ghani Kazemi shared the people demands, suggestions and problems in some provinces, the statement added.
The participants proposed their views and suggestions on tackling people problems and the country’s ongoing situation and asked CE to pay serious heed in the respect, the statement went on to say.
Condemning the recent terrorist attack in Kabul’s 6th PD, Dr. Abdullah asked the party’s leading body to make effort on providing voters’ list to succeed voters’ registration process and thwart enemy’s vicious designs, the statement continued.
He assured the party, he would consider the proposed issues in future plans and decisions, the statement concluded.
 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 05:56

Dr. Abdullah Chairs AWEEC Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan Women’s Empowerment Executive Committee (AWEEC) held session with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah here at Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement said.
The committee discussed its impact and reviewed women’s overall situation, activities of the women supporting agencies and promoting gender positions in the ministries, the Chief Executive Press Office said.
Addressing the committee meeting, Minister of Women’s Affairs Delbar Nazari said her ministry started to work on national action plan for women empowerment, adding the plan to be finalized within upcoming six months.
Meanwhile deputy minister of women’s affairs Spozhmai Wardak said the plan would be developed in cooperation with other ministries to address the challenges before women in Afghanistan.
Chief Executive emphasized on outcome of the committee’s works and its proposal for the national unity government.
He said establishment of the women supporting centers by the government was a pilot plan and was not aimed to replace those centers running by the NGOs.
Supporting the committee members’ visit of the provinces, Dr. Abdullah said his office would support their visits till the budget being approved.
The participants discussed women’s empowerment and expressed their views relating to the issue and emphasized on developing of the action plan for the women’s empowerment committee.
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani accepted the credentials of newly appointed ambassador of India to Kabul Vinay Kumar during a ceremonial guard of honor held in the Presidential Palace yesterday morning, a presidential statement said. Both sides discussed expansion of mutual relations and cooperation in different spheres.
Alluding to Afghanistan-India friendly relations, President Ghani said, “India is a good and strategic friend of Afghanistan.”
The President wished Ambassador Kumar further success in his new career in Afghanistan.
Vinay Kumar evincing delight over his posting in Afghanistan remarked that Afghanistan and India are enjoying friendly ties and wide-ranging cooperation more than ever. He assured that he will strive to bolster Afghan-Indian ties and cooperation during his mission, the statement added.
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held session the other day, the presidential palace said in a statement.
During the meeting, 34 contracts were reviewed and consequently 20 of them worth 2.3 billion Afghanis were approved, the statement further said.
The approved contracts are as follow:
1. Water supply project contract in Gardez city, Paktia province,
2. Contract of asphalting 8km road inside Char-e-Kar city, Parwan province related to the ministry of rural rehabilitation and development,
3. Contract on water supply network in Maimana city, Faryab province, conditional to final negotiation with volunteer company,
4. Contract on technical studies to develop and equip Herat International Airport, related to Afghanistan civil aviation independent Authority,
5. Procurement contract of fuels needed for Kabul Municipality vehicles, trucks and machineries,
6. Procurement contract of food items needed for higher education institutions and cadre hospitals in the center, related to the ministry of higher education,
7. Procurement contract of two types of fuels (diesel & petrol) needed for finance ministry,
8. Consultative services contract to execute Afghanistan business information system program,
9. Procurement contract of electrical materials needed for power network related to Da Afghanistan Breshna Company,
10. Procurement contract of construction and miscellaneous materials needed for Da Afghanistan Breshna Company,
11. Contract of oxygen capsules needed for public health ministry’s facilities,
12. Procurement contract of IT equipment for public health departments in 34 provinces,
13. Contract of parts ‘procurement project to basically repair 3 power generators related to defense ministry,
14. Contract of maintenance, facilities and Afghan national army equipment,
15. Contract of five items of fresh fruits needed for Thunder 203 Army Corps,
16. Contract of 30 items of foodstuff needed for general logistic department, interior ministry,
17. Contract of 26 items of foodstuff for prisons and detentions department, interior ministry,
18. Contract amendment with increasing the cost of maintenance services of public credits registration system, Da Afghanistan Bank,
19. Contract amendment with increasing the price of a 100-bed hospital construction in Laghman province,
20. Contract amendment with increasing the cost of a services project on ensuring security of Hamid Karzai, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif International Airports.
Furthermore, NPC approved the contract of Da Ariana Afghan Airlines to transfer national army personnel, the statement added.
The president also instructed the ministries of public works and public health to pay further heed on time management and completion of their development projects.
 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Voter registration process kicked off last Saturday throughout Afghanistan, but the only concern of Afghan citizens are security of voter registration centers although defense and security organs have taken necessary preparations to maintain security of the centers in the country, assuring of maintaining security of all centers throughout the country.
Related to concerns of the people and security of voter registration centers, deputy spokesperson to ministry of interior Nasrat Rahimi in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent said: “Ministry of Interior (MoI) is making effort to maintain security of all voter registration centers in a better way so that our people can visit to these centers and fulfill their national responsibility and register themselves for upcoming parliamentary elections.”
“Ministry of Interior with coordination and cooperation of all security organs is working to maintain security of 7355 voter registration centers across the country except 900 centers in 12 districts of the country,” Rahimi said.
He added that three voter registration centers have recently come under attacks in Nangarhar and Ghor provinces where employees of IEC have been kidnapped by armed insurgents, but fortunately police with cooperation of security organs have urgently responded the attacks and now the people could visit the centers without any concern in the respective provinces.
He asserted that the country’s security forces would make use of all means for maintaining security of voter registration centers throughout the country as thousands of national police personnel have been deployed for maintaining security of the centers in the country.
Meanwhile, officials to ministry of defense have also assured the people of maintaining security of voter registration centers and the elections process.
A number of experts by considering insecurities as the biggest challenge towards upcoming parliamentary elections said one of main reasons of lack of the people’s presence in voter registration centers is insecurity in a number of provinces where the people are afraid of insurgents’ attacks.
“Before kicking off voter registration process, the government in particular Independent Elections Commission (IEC) should have started public awareness campaigns and the government would have assured the people of security of voter registration centers across the country,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.
“IEC has still enough time for publicity and making the people aware of voter registration and elections process from beginning to end. Besides, mosques’ imams and religious Ulema should also make the people and armed insurgents aware of the process as elections is a national process and all Afghans have the right to participate in the process,” Amir Mohammad added.
He stressed that security organs should maintain security of all voter registration centers in the country; on the other hand, the people should cooperate with security organs if they see suspicious activities and individuals.
Afghanistan Senate while welcoming kicking off of the voter registration process considers security as key for registration process.
“The people are being threatened by Taliban, but I want all citizens in Helmand to visit voter registration centers in the province and get voting cards in order to change the destiny of their country,” said Alokozay, an Afghan senator.
It is worth mentioning that several thousands of people have visited voter registration centers and registered for upcoming parliamentary elections.
Suraya-Raiszada
 

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